Johnny Gill Readies ‘What Is This’ As Next Single

Let’s be honest, most album eras don’t run more than a year these days. Artists — mainly their labels — typically release three singles and a visual visuals. Johnny Gill is raising the bar, though.

The R&B vet has announced “What Is This” as his fifth single from his 2014 album, Game Changer. The record impacts urban adult contemporary radio today (Nov. 21).

The organ and drummed based track, reminiscent of Al Green’s earlier work, has Gill taking his time in the bedroom with his special lady. “Baby, let’s take our time / Girl, no need to rush, I wanna see everything / Know what I’m getting,” he coos.

Nearly three years since his Game Changer release, the “My, My, My” singer has seen urban AC radio success for four singles including its lead “Behind Closed Doors,” and his Jaheim-assisted single, “5000 Miles.”

Listen to “What Is This” right now.

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Chris Brown Releases Deluxe Edition of ‘Heartbreak on a Full Moon’

Seriously, how much music does Chris Brown have on his hard drive? After dropping his 45-track album Heartbreak on a Full Moon on Halloween, the Virginia native returns with a deluxe edition.

The updated version includes 12 new songs (a total of 57 tracks) with guest appearances from Ella Mai, Agnez Mo, Trippie Redd and Solo Lucci.

Brown teased fans on Tuesday night with a cryptic message on Twitter.

Stream the deluxe edition of Heartbreak on a Full Moon below.

Listen to Grace Carter’s New Single ‘Ashes’

Emerging singer Grace Carter has released her new single called “Ashes.” The song finds Carter singing about the troubles of getting over a past relationship.

“Fighting for my survival / I can’t lay this love to rest / It’s the night when I think of you most,” she sings on the Mike Dean-produced cut.

“It’s a song about the frustration and need to get over someone but not quite having the strength to do so yet,” Carter tells Rated R&B. “Working with someone like Mike Dean who has worked on some of my favourite records was an honor.”

Earlier this year, Carter released her debut single “Silence.” The song made a lot of noise on digital platforms and has garnered over 9 million streams. It was also featured on ABC’s hit series, Grey’s Anatomy. 

Carter is putting finishing touches to her debut EP that is slated to release in spring 2018.

Listen to “Ashes” below.

Mary J. Blige Talks Golden Globe Nominations: ‘I’m Just So Grateful’

Mary J. Blige has a lot to be proud of. Blige has been nominated for two Golden Globes, including best supporting actress and best original song in the Netflix film Mudbound. 

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul spoke with The Los Angeles Times about how she felt about her nomination, which she found out about while still in bed. “This is different because [acting] is something I’ve always set out to do and I wanted to get it right and do it right,” she said. “The reward that comes with this is this nomination so I’m grateful. It feels good because I’m being nominated for something other than singing. [laughs] I don’t even know what else to say. I’m just so grateful.”

Blige also dished on what she hopes people take away from her character Florence Jackson in the film.”To be humble. To be powerful. To know who we are. Florence is like every woman. She’s the center and holds things together without getting too emotional about it,” Blige said. “She loves her family. So, I hope people know that … you can figure a way out of things. Florence was a quiet, silent power.”

Mudbound follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life on the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover what they hold in common is more true than what tears them apart.

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